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InstantWP is a complete standalone, portable WordPress development environment. It turns any Windows or Mac machine into a WordPress development server. It should even run from a USB key.

This page just gives an overview of InstantWP.

Please visit the homepage at for more information and direct download links.


InstantWP contains a virtual webserver wrapped in a simple user interface that should that start up in under a minute.

  • InstantWP has been under development since 2008 and was first developed as a WordPress teaching tool.
  • InstantWP has been downloaded over a million times.
  • InstantWP is trusted by hundreds of thousands of users worldwide in universities, schools and businesses for teaching, developing and working with WordPress.

InstantWP is Easy as InstantWP is Portable

InstantWP provides a simple GUI for managing a WordPress site. All you need to do is download and unzip.

For more information, please see the InstantWP User Guide


InstantWP should run on the most recent versions of macOS, Windows 10 and Windows 7.

It is suggested that you have at least 4GB of RAM to run InstantWP but the amount of RAM that is needed can be adjusted if you wish. See the configuration section in the InstantWP User Guide.

InstantWP needs at least 300MG of disk space.

Downloads and Releases

See the InstantWP Releases page:

Troubleshooting and Technical Information

The InstantWP User Guide contains quite a bit of useful technical information.

You should also look at the FAQ, which is in the InstantWP Wiki

The InstantWP Wiki also contains a list of the dependencies and software used in InstantWP:

You can also watch the presentation from WordCamp Belfast 2016 about InstantWP.

About InstantWP Software Versions

For information on what software is provided with InstantWP please see the about page.


InstantWP is released under the GPL v3. See the included LICENSE file.